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Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament of initiation that is closely connected to Baptism and Eucharist.  Confirmation completes and deepens the grace of Baptism and leads us to the Eucharist.  Eucharist is the culmination of full initiation into the Catholic Church.  Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once, for it leaves an indelible spiritual mark on the soul.  Like Baptism, Confirmation is a free gift of grace that comes from the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
 
Confirmation Name/Patron Saint
A name is used in Confirmation. This name must be either your child's formal Baptismal name or a different saint's name.
 
The Role of the Parents & Parish
Preparation for any sacrament is a journey of the heart to prepare to meet Jesus Christ.  It involves reflection, deeper conversion, prayer and faith sharing with others.
 
Immediate catechizes for the sacrament of Confirmation in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe includes:
  • 2  Parents/sponsor sessions
  • 2 Retreats
  • 1 Interview & letter to the Archbishop
  • Regular faith formation sessions provided by the parish
  • 20 ministry service hours
  • Participation in the celebration of the Easter Triduum
Confirmation is not "graduation" from religious education, but rather sets the stage for ongoing formation.
 
The Role of Sponsors
  • Sponsors are to have an active role in the faith life and preparation of the candidate.
  • Sponsors may not be the natural or adoptive parents of the candidate.
  • It is preferable for the Godparents to be the sponsors at Confirmation.
  • Sponsors must be 16 years old, fully initiated and practicing members of a parish faith community.
  • Sponsors must be leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith and free of any canonical impediments.